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Single Idea 20546

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / C. Rights / 4. Property rights]

Full Idea

Libertarians say that they care about freedom, and argue for private property rights on freedom grounds. But they don't sem to care about, or even notice, the unfreedom implied by the existence of private property rights.

Gist of Idea

Libertarians about property ignore the fact that private property is a denial of freedoms


Adam Swift (Political Philosophy (3rd ed) [2014], 2 'Freedom')

Book Reference

Swift,Adam: 'Political Philosophy (3rd edn)' [Polity 2014], p.76

A Reaction

When I pass some vast country estate totally surrounded by a high wall, I certainly don't think how wonderful it is that someone has the right to own this property as private land. On the contrary....